And the Oscar goes to………

And the Oscar goes to………….

These 5 words were more than enough to change the lives of the people who were present at the Oscars. The 84th annual Academy Awards had finally arrived. It was time for the Movie makers to celebrate and compete against the top nominations. Although the telecast did began at 6 am IST, I am sure that most of the Movie fans would have seen it LIVE. But those who might have missed this event, don’t worry we have captured the best moments in this post. Hope you can relive those amazing moments.

10 moments that have made this years Oscars Special:

– This is Billy Crystal’s 9th appearance as a Host for Oscars

– “The Artist” was the first silent film to win since the Academy Awards’ inaugural year, 1927 for best picture. 

– Two performers in their 80s were nominated for Oscars—both brilliant actors—Max Von Sydow and Christopher Plummer. Plummer, 82, became the oldest actor to win an Oscar—for Best Supporting Actor for Beginners.

–  One of the two winners of the Best Editing award thanked everyone who had “been born, reborn, or born again. If I’ve left you out, you probably know who you are”.

Woody Allen winning Best Screenplay for Midnight in Paris but refusing yet again to show up to collect his award.

– Jean Dujardin winning the Best Actor award for his portrayal of a silent film star in The Artist

– The 62-year-old actress Meryl Streep  won the third Academy Award of her career for her role as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in ” The Iron Lady.” She is the most Oscar-nominated actor in history. (17 times)

– A tribute to the movies was performed by Cirque du Soleil.  (A Canadian entertainment company, self-described as a “dramatic mix of circus art and street entertainment)

– Of the 20 nominees in the lead acting and supporting categories, only two (Meryl Streep and George Clooney) are previous winners

– There were Nine best picture nominees this year.

Without further wait, we present to you the entire list of the Winners of the much desired Oscars:

Best Motion Picture: ‘The Artist’


Best Actress in the Lead Role: Meryl Streep for ‘The Iron Lady’.

Best Actor in the Lead Role: Jean Dujardin in ‘The Artist’.

Best Director: Winning for the third time, Michel Hazanavicius for ‘The Artist’.
Best Animated Short Film: William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg for ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’.

Best Documentary (Short Subject): Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
for ‘Saving Face’.

Best Short Film (Live Action): Terry George and Oorlagh George for ‘The Shore’.

Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen for ‘Midnight in Paris’. The Academy contrulated Woody Allen and accepted the award on behalf of him.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat and Paxton for ‘The Decendants’.

Best Original Song: Bret McKenzie for ‘Man or Muppet’.

Best Original Score: Winning for the first time Ludovic Bruce for ‘The Artist’.

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer for his role in the ‘Beginnings’.

Best Visual Effects: The Oscar went to Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning for ‘Hugo’.

Best Animated Feature film: ‘Rango’, Gore Verbinski.

Best Documentary: ‘Undefeated’. The award was received by TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas.

Best Sound Mixing: Tom Fleischman and John Midgley for ‘Hugo’.

Best Sound Editing: Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty for ‘Hugo’.

Best Film Editing: Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’.

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer for ‘The Help’.

Best Foreign Language Film: Asghar Farhadi for an Iranian film ‘A Separation’.

Best Makeup: Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland for ‘The Iron Lady’.

Best Costume Design: Mark Bridges for ‘The Artist’.

Best Art Direction: Dante Ferretti (Production Design); Francesca Lo Schiavo (Set Decoration) for ‘Hugo’.

Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson for ‘Hugo’.

Happy Viewing 🙂

Oscars Nominations are out…Which is your favorite movie this year?

The 2012 Oscars nominations have been announced! Already there is a lot of buzz about the films that’s been nominated this year. Before we get into the details let’s look at what is OSCAR all about. The moment we hear Oscars, all we think is that it’s the most prestigious awards in the Movie Business.

An Academy Award is an accolade bestowed by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)[1] to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements of the 1927/1928 film season. The 84th Academy Awards, honoring films in 2011, will be held at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on February 26, 2012. Billy Crystal will serve as host for the evening, replacing Eddie Murphy, who was originally slated to host.

Following are some of the amazing facts about Oscars, am sure reading this you’ll get into this Oscar Fever as well 😉

  • The first set of awards were presented on May 16, 1929, at a private brunch at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a professional honorary organization, maintains a voting membership of 5,783 as of 2012
  • The 83rd Academy Awards was viewed by 37.36 million viewers across the Globe
  • The price of a guest ticket to the very first ceremony, held in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel($5 )
  • The number of seconds each actor’s speech is restricted to, as of 2010 (45 sec) 
  • The age of the youngest Oscar winner, Tatum O’Neal, who won best supporting actress for her role in the 1973 film Paper Moon (10 yrs) 
  • Number of seats in the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., where the ceremony is held (3300) 
  • TITANIC shares a different record for most nominations (14 out of 17 possible)

So are you ready for the 2012 Oscars nominees? Here you go….

Best Actor
Demian Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Max Von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Actress
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius
Alexander Payne
Martin Scorsese
Woody Allen
Terrence Malick

Best Original Screenplay

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids
J.C. Chandor – Margin Call
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
Asghar Farhadi – A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Foreign Language Film
Bullhead
Footnote
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation

Animated
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

Best Picture
War Horse
The Artist
Moneyball
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Do let us know your favorite Oscar moments and your favourite movie this year. Happy Viewing.

You cannot use Filmfare and Oscars in the same sentence…Can you??

Here you go, you might say that I have already used  Filmfare and Oscars in the same sentence 😉 Just Kidding. Time to get serious…

Filmfare is just around the corner and Oscars too will be out with its Nominations on 24th Jan. So what are we talking about !!!! The reason for writing about this topic was to clear the air between to the two Awards.There are a section of people, oops fans that say that Filmfare is the Oscars of Bollywood. Where as the other section of fans don’t agree. They have gone one step ahead and said “How can you use Filmfare and Oscars in the same sentence?”


So, what next !!  Following are some of the points that might help you to decide if you can (not) use both the award functions in one sentence. 

  • It is said that Filmfare only nominates movies that are a huge hit and does not encourage small budget movies and movies that have failed to earn corers.
(Example : Filmfare has two awards for Best Movies – Popular and Critics) In my opinion, there can only be One Best Movie… like the Oscars.. What say!!!
  • Some say Filmfare focuses more on performances during the awards, and somehow end up ignoring the real hero “Cinema”
(Well, i don’t think I need to give an example, you might all agree with the performance example.. Right !!) Oscars always gives preference to the Movies and its makers.
  • Need I mention about the low standard of Jokes year after year at the Filmfare functions…. (Sorry SRK fans, but just sharing the truth)
( You might say that even in Oscars, they crack jokes… Well, do you mean Cheap Jokes.. or just Jokes )
  • Did you know that Katrina Kaif has been nominated for Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (Best Actress)… Let me ask you… do you think that she even deserves to be nominated for this prestigious category ??  You can chek the Nominations in the earlier Post “Are you ready for the 57th FilmFare Awards 2012!!
  • And the best part, did you know that Vishal Dadlani and Niranjan Iyengar have been nominated for  Best Lyrics category for their song Chammak challo (RA.One) Are you surprised?? Shocked?
There are many such examples, and the list is endless. By this time you might have labeled me a Oscars fan, and me being biased to the Oscars. Well this is not true. I have been growing up watching both the awards. But somehow overs the years, there have been so may Award Functions that have sprung up in India. And every other Corporate house and TV channel are promoting their awards shows. Hence in a sense to prove which is better, these award functions end up doing the impossible and the unimaginable drama to get TRP’s. It would not be wrong to say that it’s as good as a Naach Gana show. I am not saying that we should be like Oscars, but can’t we have one award function that really celebrates Cinema… The real Hero.
As always looking forward to your views on this topic. Happy Viewing.

Are you ready for the 57th FilmFare Awards 2012!!

Oh yes, the biggest and arguably the best Award Show that Indian Cinema has ever witnessed….Till date. And it is all set to knock on your Television sets soon. The Filmfare Awards are presented annually by The Times Group and is one of the oldest and most prominent film events given for Hindi films in India.

The honour is been given to both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Hindi language film industry of India. The Filmfare Awards have been often referred to as Hindi film industry’s equivalent to the Oscars. (Well it’s a debatable topic, let’s not get into it) 😉 I know you must be eagerly waiting to find out the nominations for this year’s FilmFare Awards, but before that let me take this opportunity to share some interesting facts about these awards.

Did you know:

– Dilip Kumar, Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have won 8 awards each till date(Best Actor + Best Supporting Actor)

– Surprisingly, the biggest blockbuster hit in the history of Bollywood – Sholay, won only one Filmfare Award in 1975 and that too for Best Editing.

– ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ was the first movie to win ‘Filmfare Award For Best Film’.

– In the 25th year of Filmfare Award ceremony, the statue was made of silver, while in the 50th year of its celebration, gold status were given.

– Filmfare Award was initially named ‘Clare Awards’, after the ‘Times of India’ film critic – Clare Mendonca.

– In 1969, Sunil Dutt organized a party for Dilip Kumar, when the latter beat him for ‘Filmfare Best Actor Award’. This started the trend of post-award parties in Bollywood.

– In 2006, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Black’ won 11 Filmfare awards, the most awards won by a movie in the history of Filmfare Awards, till date.

So are you finally ready to find out the Nominations!!!!! Here you go ………

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actor.  This will be surely be one of the most toughest category, with such amazing actors in the race.

  • Ajay Devgan – Singham /  Amitabh Bachchan – Aarakshan / Hrithik Roshan – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Ranbir Kapoor – Rockstar / Salman Khan – Bodyguard / Shahrukh Khan – Don2

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actress.  

  • Katrina Kaif – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan / Mahie Gill – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster / Priyanka Chopra – 7 Khoon Maaf / Vidya Balan – No One Killed Jessica / Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Film

  • Delhi Belly / Don 2 / No One Killed Jessica / Rockstar / The Dirty Picture / Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Director

  • Abhinay Deo – Delhi Belly / Farhan Akhtar – Don2 / Imtiyaz Ali – Rockstar / Milan Luthria – The Dirty Picture / Raj Kumar Gupta – No One Killed Jessica / Zoya Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Abhay Deol – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Farhan Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Naseeruddin Shah – The Dirty Picture / Pitobash Tripathy – Shor In The City / Vir Das – Delhi Belly

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actress In A Supporting Role

  • Juhi Chawla – IAM / Kalki Koechlin – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Parineeti Chopra – Ladies vs Ricky Bahl / Rani Mukherji – No One Killed Jessica / Swara Bhaskar – Tanu Weds Manu

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Music Director – So who will win this award… who will you bet on !!!!!

  • A.R.Rahman – Rockstar / Ram Sampat – Delhi Belly / Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Sohail Sen – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan / Vishal-Shekhar – Ra.One

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Lyrics ( I am Surprised to see Chammak challo in this list.. Are you???  )

  • Gulzar – Darling – (7 Khoon Maaf) / Irshad Kamil – Nadaan parindey – (Rockstar) / Irshad Kamil – Sadda haq – (Rockstar) / Javed Akhtar – Senorita – (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) / Vishal Dadlani and Niranjan Iyengar – Chammak challo – (RA.One)

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Playback Singer (Male)

  • Akon and Vishal Dadlani – Chammak challo (RA.One) / Mohit Chauhan – Jo bhi mein (Rockstar) / Mohit Chauhan – Sadda haq (Rockstar) / Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Teri Meri (Bodyguard) / Shafqat Amanat Ali – Dildaara (RA.One)

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Playback Singer (Female)

  • Alyssa Mendonsa – Khwabon ke parindey (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) / Harshdeep Kaur – Katiya karu (Rockstar) / Rekha Bhardwaj & Usha Uthup Darling (7 Khoon Maaf) / Shreya Ghoshal – Teri Meri (Bodyguard) / Shreya Ghoshal – Saibo (Shor In The City)

So are you ready….. Oh did I mention that Shahrukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor will be hosting the show this year……. So get glued to the television on 29th January on Sony Television and watch your favorite stars dazzle the screen. Do let us know about your favourite moments during the award ceremony. It’s always good to know your views. Happy Viewing.